Spanning the length and breadth of the twentieth century, Alice Mattison's masterful In Case We're Separated looks at a family of Jewish immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s and follows the urban, emotionally turbulent lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren against a backdrop of political assassination, the Vietnam War, and the AIDS epidemic. Beginning with the title story, which introduces Bobbie Kaplowitz a single mother in 1954 Brooklyn whose lover is married and whose understanding of life is changed by a broken kitchen appliance Mattison displays her unparalleled gift for storytelling and for creating rich, multidimensional characters, a gift that has led the Los Angeles Times to praise her as "a writer's writer.
“Devastating.... Mattison’s stories have an arresting focus and navigate the cliches of Jewish-American fiction firmly and knowingly.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Radiant... [In Case We’re Seperated] is a book filled with felicitous writing and ferocious insight.”
-New York Times Book Review
“You’ll want to read it a second time.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel